Six groups sign on for Int’l Festival of Cultures

Posted on Aug 21 2019

File photo shows the Carolinian community demonstrating coconut frond weaving at the International Festival of Cultures on Aug. 27, 2016. The 5th Annual International Festival of Cultures will be held on Sept. 20-21, 2019, at Paseo de Marianas in Garapan. (Contributed Photo)

Six cultural groups have signed on and the list continues to grow for the 5th Annual International Festival of Cultures to be held on Sept. 20-21, 2019, in celebration of the cultural diversity of the Marianas.

Returning to this year’s celebration are the communities of Korea, Japan, Tonga/Fiji/Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Bangladesh.

“The CNMI is full of diversity, and this is the time where everyone can come together to learn and celebrate one another’s culture,” said lead event coordinator and Marianas Visitors Authority community projects coordinator Jack Aranda. “Every cultural group is welcome to join, and we invite you to contact our office for more information.

The festival returns to Paseo de Marianas in the main tourist district on Saipan.

A soft opening will be held on Sept. 20, from 5pm to 10pm with an ethnic parade, food sales, and demonstration and sales of arts and crafts. On Sept. 21, from 5pm to 10pm, the festival will also feature live ethnic performances on-stage.

The MVA invites interested cultural groups to participate in the upcoming festival meeting scheduled for Aug.21, 2019, at 3pm at the MVA conference room. Participation forms are available at the MVA office in San Jose, Saipan, or interested participants may contact Aranda at or (670) 664-3219 for more information. (PR)

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